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A Half Century Later

The Permian Guadalupian Reef Complex of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico
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Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 17)

Abstract

It was a compliment for me to be invited by George Stanley to write a chapter on the Guadalupe reefs. I was one of several pioneers on this subject long ago and I pondered seriously about whether or not I could contribute anything of substance at this time. The Guadalupian reef complex is one of the most studied reefs in the world and serves as a model for understanding fossil reefs elsewhere. The application of the microscope to the organic fabric removed much uncertainty about this famous reef barrier. Although I visited this reef many times since and attended a field conference in Alpine in 1991, my interests have been directed to other fields (e.g., the Great Bahama Bank, Pacific atolls, and the systematics of fossil bivalves). I concluded that it might be useful to start by writing of my own experience in the Guadalupes and to review a few of the diverse viewpoints that have since emerged on this complex subject.

Keywords

Back Reef Mass Extinction Scleractinian Coral Lower Triassic Reef Complex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paleontology Division (Invertebrates)The American Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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